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August 21, 2021

Our Grace Story

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“As I was on the road, approaching Damascus about noon, a very bright light from heaven suddenly shone down around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

“‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.

“And the voice replied, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, the one you are persecuting.’ The people with me saw the light but didn’t understand the voice speaking to me.

“I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’

“And the Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.’

“I was blinded by the intense light and had to be led by the hand to Damascus by my companions. A man named Ananias lived there. He was a godly man, deeply devoted to the law, and well regarded by all the Jews of Damascus. He came and stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’ And that very moment I could see him!

“Then he told me, ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and hear him speak. For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard.”

Acts of the Apostles 22:6-15 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT

There is power in telling your story. As you read the book of Acts, you see Paul telling his story of conversion on the road to Damascus. It was such a life-altering moment that he repeated it frequently as a testimony of God’s work of grace in his life.


Each of us has a grace story. Somewhere in our journey of life, God stepped in and transformed us. When I grew up in church, we had a lot of evangelists come through with amazing stories of God’s grace. Stories of being delivered from drugs, alcohol, and all kinds of perversion. I really thought I didn’t have much of a testimony because I grew up in church.


Then one day I realized I do have a story. God’s grace transformed my heart as a child and placed within me a desire to serve Him. That passion for Christ was stronger than a desire for anything else. I was not interested in participating in many of the things my high school friends experimented with because I had a passion for Jesus.


God’s grace can not only deliver us from evil, but it can also protect us from evil. We don’t have to wade into the cesspool of sin to discover God’s grace. We can discover His grace to keep us out of the cesspool.


What’s your story of God’s grace?

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit, I ask that God’s grace empower me to walk daily in Your presence. Help me avoid the pitfalls of sin and the flesh. Help me to follow You in every area of my life. Help me tell my story of Your grace working in my life.


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